Linear Technology Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work with strong design and application teams

    Cons

    employee benefits are omitted always.
    stingy enterprise culture.
    sacrify employee's benefit or laid off people whenever economic SLIGHTLY affects the company's revenue (before other companies do).

    Advice to Management

    wake up! lower your profit margin...


  2. Helpful (3)

    Stagnant Stock price and people see it for the sweat shop it is.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Test Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with some smart people.

    Cons

    Annual reviews focus more on negatives than positive. Max 5% raises, even during good times. Meager stock awards. A "Cover your ass" mentality. Lots of cussing and unprofessionalism from management. Design is king, all other depts are step children and abused. Some engineers are buddy buddy with their boss and able to slack off, you end up having to pick up the slack. Very little chance for career growth. No training provided. VERY HARD to get needed equipment (it took 2 years to get adequate chairs on test floor, people used to stand at terminals).

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and loosen the purse strings. Be more supportive of employees and treat them fairly.


  3. A Mixed Bag (Like Almost Anywhere)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Linear has some incredibly talented employees and there are many opportunities to learn if you search for the right mentors.

    Cons

    There are some not so talented employees making it important that you take the effort to find those who can help you grow. Leadership also varies wildly between groups.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to differentiate the treatment of your excellent and not so excellent employees.


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  5. If you love analog design and want to work for the best analog design house ....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A chance to work with some of the best analog design engineers in the industry. You will have a chance to learn from the best. Whereas the base salaries may be lower than some to the competing companies, they have some of the most lucrative profit sharing in the industry that more than make up for it.

    Cons

    The work environment can be quite aggressive and intimidating. Also, if you are not part of the "in-crowd," you may consider yourself a second class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten' up a bit, please.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very Good for very technically oriented

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very technically oriented. Good profit sharing. High morality standards.

    Cons

    Can be very technically demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Linear prides itself on sharing the wealth by telling employees that pay consists of salary + profit sharing + stock. But senior management and key employees also have performance and other bonuses. This seems unfair.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Repetative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Camas (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Operator in Camas (Indonesia)

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The bennies....401k, vision, dental, medical, profit sharing.

    Cons

    Unintelligent people. Lack of authority.

    Advice to Management

    You need to get the people that do not know what they are doing out of there and get some people who know what they are doing and can perform.


  8. Great place to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well managed Company, great respect for people, smart management, no politics … just biz oriented, focus on profit

    Cons

    none, everything is perfect as it is

    Advice to Management

    keep going this way


  9. Helpful (1)

    Little incentive for growth or advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing in the range of 20-30% twice per year. 6-8 week long sabbatical every five years.

    Cons

    No incentive for growth. There are very few management positions available, especially for women. It's basically a boy's club. The hiring structure is focused on bringing in design engineers (99.9% male). Everyone else is looked upon as catering to the design community, and as such, not valued. The structure of the company is scattered. There is no centralized IT. Each department fends for itself.

    Advice to Management

    This company has millions it could invest in its employees, yet it sits on the cash, year after year. When we ask for anything extra, like a gym, basketball courts or even a couch in the women's restroom, the answer is always 'no', in spite of the wealth of cash on hand this company has. This year, in spite of how well we're doing, our annual salary increases were decreased to 4% maximum (down from 5%). Sabbaticals every five years and the 20-30% profit sharing bonuses we receive twice yearly are not enough to address the growing morale problem that exists company wide. Management needs to loosen the purse strings, provide some incentive for advancement (especially for non-design, non-male employees) and realize that the 'supporting' departments are just as vital to the company's well-being as the design department is.


  10. LTC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work for designers

    Cons

    Difficult porducts to work on

    Advice to Management

    They are doing a great job


  11. Pretty good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent driven coworkers
    Free flowing circuit idea sharing
    Sabbaticals
    Work life balance
    Very little red tape & bureaucracy compared to similar companies

    Cons

    very few opportunities for advancement (which does NOT mean your compensation stays stagnant too)
    management swears a lot
    need to develop superior products with inferior equipment and technology

    Advice to Management

    swear less and update technology in lab. there's quite a bit of design inefficiency from not having the right equipment.



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